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Top 10 Events and Festivals on Rhode Island USA

Top Events USA showcases the top 10 Rhode Island USA events, festivals and fairs.

Highlighting the Rhode Island events are the Providence Boat Show – one of the largest winter boat shows in New England and the Newport Jazz Festival which has become the most popular jazz event in the country.

See below for a complete list of the main 10 Rhode Island US events.

Providence Boat Show
mid to late January
Providence, Rhode Island

Top Boat Shows in the USAThe 20th annual Providence Boat Show attracting thousands of visitors is one of the largest winter boat shows in New England, and one of the top 10 events and festivals on Rhode Island USA, featuring fishing and cruising powerboats as well as cruising and racing Sailboats, and equipment and services for all boating needs. With two side-by-side locations there is over 240,000 square-feet of exhibitor space, more than 280 exhibitors with over 300 boats ranging in size from 8 to 47 feet on display along with kayaks, inflatables, and accessories. There is even three full days of sport fishing seminars.

For more information about the Providence Boat Show visit:


Newport Winter Festival
mid February
Newport, Rhode Island

With over 160 individual events, this Festival has become New England’s largest winter extravaganza and is one of the the main 10 Rhode Island US events. The sparkling Winter Festival offers a unique winter experience combining food, music, and entertainment for all ages. A concert series featuring BeatleMania, sand sculptures, a Chili Cook Off, a citywide Scavenger Hunt, an Ice Sculpting Competition, a Children's Fair, a Pizza Cook Off, a Martini Contest, Children's' Block Hunt and a Teddy Bear Tea are just some of the many exciting events designed to celebrate the wonder of winter.

For more information about the Newport Winter Festival visit:
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Rhode Island Spring Flower and Garden Show
late February
Providence, Rhode Island

top floweer and garden eventsin the USAA tradition for over 20 years, the Rhode Island Spring Flower and Garden Show at the Rhode Island Convention Center showcases extraordinary gardens woven with original art creations. Visitors can meet the artists and designers, and learn more about their own garden designs at lectures, seminars and demonstrations by nationally recognized experts.

For more information about the Rhode Island Spring Flower and Garden Show in Providence visit:


Newport Irish Heritage Month / St Patrick's Day Parade
March / mid March
Newport, Rhode Island

This exciting month-long even, one of the main 10 Rhode Island US events, celebrates the Irish heritage of the area, with Celtic storytelling, Irish step-dancing, interesting lectures, afternoon teas, an Irish coffee contest, Jameson Irish whiskey tastings and the highlight of the season that has been a popular event for over 56 years – the festive St Patrick's Day parade in mid March.

For more information about the Newport Irish Heritage Month visit:
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Gaspee Days
May and June
Warwick, Rhode Island

This annual festival, and one of the main Rhode Island US events, celebrated for almost half a century commemorates the historic event of 1772 when colonists from Rhode Island attacked and burned the British revenue schooner, HMS Gaspee, an act that ultimately set off the American Revolutionary War. Popular features of this celebratory event include the Colonial Encampment at Pawtuxet Park, live music, an arts and crafts festival that is considered to be an event in its own right, a 5k road race, fireworks extravaganza, the annual Gaspee Days Parade, with fife, drum & bugle corps, a military fashion show and the grand finale – the recreation of the burning of the HMS Gaspee.

For more information about Gaspee Days in Warwick visit:


Newport Folk Festival
end July – early August
Newport, Rhode Island

Top Folk Music Festivals in the USAEstablished in 1959 as a counterpart to the already established and very popular Newport Jazz Festival, the Newport Folk Festival is one of the oldest folk music festivals in North America, and has attracted some of the biggest names in folk music, from Bob Dylan to Johnny Cash, Elvis Costello and many more.

For more information about the Newport Folk Festival on Rhode Island visit:

Rhode Island International Film Festival
early August
Providence, Rhode Island

top film festivals in the USAHeld in Providence, and throughout the state of Rhode Island, the Academy-nominating Rhode Island International Film Festival, one of the main Rhode Island US events has risen to the top ranks among world film events. Discovering and empowering independent filmmakers and screenwriters, the festival is an extravaganza of special events, film screenings, VIP guests, industry seminars and celebrations. Cited as one of the "Best International and Short Film Festivals in the United States", the Festival is a strategic and desirable platform for film premieres, drawing hundreds of independent filmmakers from around the globe.

For more information about the Rhode Island International Film Festival take a look at:
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Newport Jazz Festival
early August
Newport, Rhode Island

top jazz events nd jazz festivals in the USA USAThe first-ever jazz festival in the USA, and now one of the most popular in the country and recognized as one of the top 10 events and festivals on Rhode Island USA, Newport Jazz Festival, a spectacular 3-day outdoor event in Newport’s Fort Adams State Park, has featured renowned artists such as Ella Fitzgerald, Duke Ellington, John Coltrane and Miles Davis, Tony Bennett, Diana Krall, Harry Connick, Jr., Wynton Marsalis and many more.

For more information about the Newport Jazz Festival take a look at:
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Newport International Boat Show
mid September
Newport, Rhode Island

Top Boat Shows in the USAAttracting tens of thousands every year, the Newport International Boat Show, now a popular event for over 43 years, is one of the biggest in-water boat shows in the USA highlighting hundreds of exhibitors from around the world showcasing a wealth of power and sail boats ranging from 15 to 85 feet, as well as a large assortment of boating accessories, equipment, electronics, gear and services

For more in formation about the Newport International Boat Show visit:

International Oktoberfest
early October
Newport, Rhode Island

Top Oktoberevents  in the USAThe International Oktoberfest is an ardent tribute to Germany’s most famous fall festival and offers three stages of authentic German music, nationally-acclaimed Oktoberfest show bands, dance troupes and yodelers, as well as a Kindergarten with family fun activities. Visitors can enjoy the best of German and domestic Oktoberfest brews in the International Biergarten, and the best of foods with a traditional Bratwurst.

For more information about the International Oktoberfest in Newport visit:

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